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The ancestors of the name Whittaker date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Whittaker family lived in one of a number of similarly-named places. The settlement of Wheatacre is in Norfolk, while Whiteacre in Waltham is in Kent; both of these names literally mean wheat-field. The place named Whitacre is in Warwickshire, while High Whitaker is in Lancashire; these names both mean white field. The surname Whittaker belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Whittaker Early Origins



The surname Whittaker was first found in Warwickshire where the first record of the name was of Johias Whitacre (1042-1066), who died while fighting at the Battle of Hastings on the side of King Harold. Despite the fact he was on the losing side of the battle, his family were permitted to keep their estates there. The place names Whitacre, Over Whitacre and Nether Whitacre were listed in the Domesday Book as Witacre and literally meant "white cultivated land" from the Old English words "hwit" + "aecer." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Whittaker Spelling Variations


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Whittaker Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Whittaker are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Whittaker include: Whittaker, Whittakers, Whitaker, Whitacre and others.

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Whittaker Early History


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Whittaker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittaker research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1375, 1548, 1595, 1586, 1580, 1646, 1640, 1622, 1695, 1659, 1661, 1679, 1642, 1715, 1695, 1696, 1701, 1702, 1660, 1735 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Whittaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whittaker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whittaker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard de Whitacre (c.1300-1375), Lord of the Manors of Nether Whitacre, Over Whitacre, Elmdon, and Freasley, he claimed direct descendancy for the aforementioned Johias Whitacre; William Whitaker (1548-1595), English Anglican theologian, Master of St. John's College, Cambridge; Henry Whitaker, English politician, Member...

Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whittaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whittaker In Ireland


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Whittaker In Ireland



Some of the Whittaker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Whittaker or a variant listed above:

Whittaker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Whittaker settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Geo Whittaker, aged 32, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Whittaker, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Whittaker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George, Henry, James, John, Josiah, Samuel, and William Whittaker, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1817-1864
  • Richard Whittaker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858
  • Thomas Whittaker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Albert Whittaker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Frank Whittaker, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whittaker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Whittaker, aged 55, who landed in America from Blackpool, in 1901
  • Alfred Whittaker, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1903
  • Alexander Whittaker, aged 37, who settled in America from Fermanagh, in 1904
  • Alfred Whittaker, aged 17, who settled in America from Broughton Clays, England, in 1907
  • Alice Whittaker, aged 65, who emigrated to the United States from Bury, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whittaker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Whittaker, a stone-cutter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Whittaker arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Amelia Whittaker arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Caroline Whittaker arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Joseph Whittaker arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whittaker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Whittaker arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
  • Austin Whittaker, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Bernard Whittaker, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Ester Whittaker, aged 43, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Mary Whittaker arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whittaker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whittaker (post 1700)



  • Robert H. "Bob" Whittaker (1904-1990), American college football player and coach
  • Robert Russell "Bob" Whittaker (b. 1939), American politician, Member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1974-1977)
  • Robert Harding Whittaker (1920-1980), American plant ecologist
  • Jim Whittaker (b. 1929), first American mountaineer to summit Mount Everest (1963)
  • Charles Evans Whittaker (1901-1973), associate justice of the U.S. Supreme court from 1957 to 1962
  • Joseph Whittaker (1813-1894), English botanist
  • Edmund Taylor Whittaker (1873-1956), English mathematician
  • Tom Whittaker (1898-1956), English football player
  • Robert Whittaker (b. 1990), Australian mixed martial artist
  • John Whittaker (1905-1984), British mathematician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Whittaker Historic Events


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Whittaker Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Robert C Whittaker, British Air Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes et fides
Motto Translation: Hope and faith.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Whittaker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whittaker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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